By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HAR-COURT— Workers of a shopping mall on Aba Road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Blue Boulevard Limited, were yesterday barred from resuming for work by a team of the Nigerian Airforce, NAF, personnel.
Procurement Manager of the complex, Mr Iweyi Samuel, told newsmen that they came to resume work following a court judgment delivered by Justice Hillary Oshomah of a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, last week ordering men of the Nigerian Airforce to vacate the place.
He said that they had expected that NAF would comply with the judgment after being served since last week.
He recalled that NAF personnel sealed off the complex on April 11 this year when the management of the shopping mall allegedly snubbed what he called under table demands from some persons.
Justice Oshiomah had in his judgement with suit number : FHC/PH/FHR/71/2017 delivered last week, ordered NAF to immediately vacate the complex, describing their occupation of the place as “shameful, most reprehensible and condemnable and same is deprecated in the strongest terms by this court.
“The continuous stay of the armed men of the respondents is wrongful, unlawful and unconstitutional as it violates the applicants’ fundamental rights of freedom of movement , right to own property and right to personal liberty of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 19999 as amended.
“The respondent is hereby directed to immediately withdraw its men stationed at the main gate and within the premises of the 2nd Applicant at NAF base , Market junction, Rumuomasi Aba Road, Port Harcourt , Rivers State,” the Judge ordered.
Meanwhile, men of the NAF later withdrew from the mall in the evening of yesterday.
When Vanguard went to the base of the 115 Special Operation Group of NAF, on Aba Road in Port Harcourt for comment, Flying Officers RK Orji and NV Chukwu confirmed that they had been served copy of the court judgement, adding that the appropriate officers within NAF would study it and take the next step.